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St. Margaret Sailing Club (Canada)

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[St. Margaret Sailing Club burgee] image by Rob Raeside, 5 June 2018

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St. Margaret Sailing Club (Canada)
Estb: 1956. Location: French Village Harbour, St. Margaret’s Bay, NS.

Burgee: Pennant circa 6:9 (photo image). White field superimposed by a black cross of St. Margaret centred 3 units from hoist with arms 1 unit wide. The vertical arm superimposed by a red tuna. Blue saltire in canton with arms 0.4 units wide.

". . . sometime in the middle of the winter of 1956, a group of gentlemen met and laid the plans for what was to become the St. Margaret Sailing Club (SMSC) in Nova Scotia. It was led by a man who was later to become the first commodore, Dr. Arthur Murphy."
"Saint Margaret of Scotland (c. 1045 – 16 November 1093), also known as Margaret of Wessex, was an Kingdom of England princess and a Queen consort of Scotland. Margaret was sometimes called "The Pearl of Scotland.” Born in exile in the Kingdom of Hungary, . ."

Note 1: "Our burgee, altered from the original thinking, grew after consultation with a very fine and loveable expert on heraldry. It seemed only right to us that the Nova Scotia cross of St. Andrew should be prominent. In the upper quadrant, equally essential, seemed to be the black cross of St. Margaret of Scotland. To me, this composition looked too stern, too singular. I thought of the many attributes of our bay and added a red tuna, rampant. A year later, I happened to meet our heraldry expert. Apologetically I said, “Did we ever send you a St. Margaret Sailing Club Burgee?” He drew up the right side of his lip, unusual for him, because as I have said, he was a very fine gentleman. “No” he said, “I’m told that somebody added a red tuna to it.” “I did,” I said. I never did send him a burgee."
Murphy, Arthur L. The St Margaret Sailing Club - Its beginnings. [n.d., n.p.]

Note 2: "At the time Dr. Murphy designed the SMSC burgee, tuna farming was a major industry in St. Margaret Bay."
Lee Myrhaugen, Commodore 2001-2003.
Source: Ms. S. Hawkes, SMSC's Manager, for the image photograph and notes.
Peter Edwards, 15 May 2018